Hollywood beauty Marilyn Monroe had countless lovers — but none of them stuck around long.
Monroe was divorced three times before dying of an overdose at age 36 in 1962.
Shortly after the moniker became her real name, a young Norma Jean Baker married her neighbor James Dougherty at the tender age of 16.
After they split, she became Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio’s blushing bride on Jan. 14, 1954 — 62 years ago today.
Monroe went on to wed playwright Arthur Miller 8 years after calling it quits with DiMaggio, who she became close friends with once again after separating from Miller.
And after each failed marriage Monroe said she would rather be miserable on her own than in tumultuous relationships. “It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone,” she said.
The three ex-husbands were far from the only men in Monroe’s life.
The blonde bombshell was tied to John F. Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and several others.
Here’s a look at all of Monroe’s ‘I Do’s’ that that didn’t work out:
James Dougherty (1942-1946)
Norma Jean Baker marries 21-year-old marine merchant James Dougherty in 1942.
James Dougherty and Marilyn Monroe on their wedding day in Los Angeles in 1942.
Dougherty was sent on an overseas assignment in 1944 and returned to Los Angeles two years later to find a bright-eyed Monroe embarking on a modeling career with hopes of becoming an actress.
Monroe decided to follow her dreams and Dougherty wasn’t part of them.
“My marriage didn’t make me sad, but it didn’t make me happy either,” Monroe said. “My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn’t because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom.”
Dougherty eventually became a Los Angeles police detective.
Joe DiMaggio (1954 – 9 months)
Daily News front page dated Jan. 15, 1954. Joe DiMaggio plants a kiss on Marilyn Monroe just before leaving San Francisco City Hall where they were married. The Simple wedding drew nearly 400 spectators.
Monroe and the Yankees icon exchanged vows in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.
After just nine months, she declared she would end her volatile union with “The Yankee Clipper” as her attorney cited a “conflict of careers.” But the Hollywood star later testified that her husband was “indifferent” and “moody.”
DiMaggio penned heartbreaking letters to his love when news broke she was filing for divorce through a television announcement.
“I love you and want to be with you,” DiMaggio said in one of the letters. “There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me.”
The two would reconnect following Monroe’s divorce from Arthur Miller.
DiMaggio directed her funeral and blamed drug and alcohol addiction for her death.
He also reportedly had white roses delivered weekly to Monroe’s grave for nearly two decades after her death.
Arthur Miller (1956-1961)
Monroe and Miller became husband and wife during a 1956 civil ceremony in White Plains, New York.
It was during her marriage to Miller where she experienced two miscarriages and became more depressed and dependent on drugs.
Actress Marilyn Monroe leans against her fiance, playwright Arthur Miller, in her apartment house in New York, June 22, 1956.
Five years later, they parted ways with sources claiming Miller left the actress for a photographer he met on set of the movie, “The Misfits” – a film that he and Monroe worked on together that would be her last appearance on the big screen.
It is reported that Monroe felt betrayed by Miller and discovered his notebook, which included a line about him never loving anyone other than his daughter.
“She was a whirling light to me then,” Miller said.
“All paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”